After the fire
By now, you've probably heard that my home in Steamboat Springs experienced a gas line explosion and house fire. I am in a temporary rental condo, getting my life back in some semblance of order. My home studio was devastated by the blast and fire. All of my machines and equipment, notions, knick-knacks and gadgets, collected over many decades, are a total loss. About the only thing to survive is my fabric stash. Although many yards are scorched and smoky, the members of the Delectable Mountain Quilters Guild had volunteered to wash what could be salvaged. I am indebted to my friends Madeleine and Cindy for braving the freezing temperatures and barely breathable air in the house in February to help inventory and recover what we could. The countless wishes, gifts, messages, emails, texts, and kind words from the quilting community has been very much appreciated over the past few months. I am overwhelmed. Thank you, all.
Space Available at QBL
I will be teaching - for the first time - at Quilting By the Lake in Syracuse, NY, in July. Workshop enrollment was full soon after it was announced, but due to some cancellations, space has opened up. Follow this link for more information: Quilting By the Lake. Other instructors for Session 2 (July 25-29, 2016) include Cheryl Sleboda, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Rosalie Dace, Lorie McCown and Deborah Fell. Hurry, these spots will fill fast.
Retreat workshops offer me the chance to work one-on-one with my students. Watching the pictorial quilts seemingly come alive during the week is very rewarding for me. The image above was taken by one of the quilters during a recent private workshop in March. Thanks, Anita.
Vermont Quilt Festival
In 2014, I was scheduled to teach at Vermont Quilt Festival that year. Unfortunately, I had to cancel due to my heart surgery that summer, which came up quite unexpectedly. I promised to return in 2016. How time flies! Next month I'll be in Essex Junction offering three single-day workshops and a lecture class. There are available spots remaining in my classes as of this newsletter. For more information, there is a link on the home page of my website: Vermont Quilt Festival. Hope to see you there!
Empty Spools Seminars
Weeklong quilting retreats are more popular than ever! You get to spend a week with one instructor, have your room and meals all prepared, make new friends, and stay in a spectacular location! What could be a better getaway? Treat yourself this year. Many quilters are making these retreats an annual tradition. Just ask anyone who has been to the Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar in California. I'll be at "Asilomar" for two consecutive weeks in 2017 (sign up for either week or both!). I am proud to have been asked to redesign the class catalog and website for ESS this year. It's been fun to rediscover my graphic design skills. Let me know what you think: www.emptyspoolsseminars.com.
I'll be busy this fall with more retreat workshops: Silver Fox Inn in September, Madeline Island School of the Arts in October, and Art Quilt Tahoe in November. Enrollment is filling up, so register soon. There's more info at: Retreats
See you soon!
That's all the news for now. I keep my online calendar as up-to-date as possible, so I hope to see you at an event soon.
Until next time,